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What we love

With nowhere else in Africa home to more wildlife, where better to go on safari than the Maasai Mara? The Great Migration is one of the natural wonders of the world and is a real spectacle for the eyes, but the Mara is also an amazing place to visit at any time of year.

Maasai Mara

Kenya

The destination

One of the most popular destinations in Kenya, the Maasai Mara National Reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley and stretches over 1500 kilometres of grassland. With maximum chances of seeing the famous Big Five in the Mara Triangle, there’s nowhere else in Africa which is home to more wildlife. Best known for its spectacular Great Migration, one of the natural wonders of the world, the Maasai Mara is a destination that’s sure to be right at the top of your Kenya bucket list.

Over 400 species of birds and 95 animal species have been recorded on the Reserve, with consistent sightings including rhinos, hyenas, crocodiles, buffalos and hippos. The grasslands of the Mara River basin, between the eastern Loita Hills and the western Oloololo Escarpment, are home to huge numbers of lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, giraffes, zebras and wildebeest. You’re in the best place in Africa for game viewing, but don’t forget to take part in some of the other activities available on the Reserve too, including bush dinners, hot air ballooning and visits to cultural Maasai villages.

Where to stay

The Maasai Mara has a range of luxury tented camps available to stay in, all of which are in excellent locations either on the riverbanks or on the edge of the National Reserve. A selection of our favourite camps are listed below, however, this is just a sample, so please don't hesitate to give us a call on 01993 899430, or email inspire@oxfordprivatetravel.com if you would like to find out more and we will be delighted to craft your own tailor-made trip. 

Who should visit?

We believe the Maasai Mara is great for families or couples wanting to be at the heart of the action whilst on safari in Kenya. Children and adults alike can enjoy spectacular game viewing or take part in different activities including bush walks and hot air ballooning if they’re looking to do something that isn’t safari related.

When to visit?

July – September, during the country’s dry season, is one of the best times to visit Kenya, particularly because of the Great Migration that occurs every year during these months. Although game drives during this time can be crowded in the more popular areas, we know all the best places to escape the crowds, so it’s a fantastic time of year to visit Kenya. Outside of the peak period, and outside the ‘long rain’ season (April-May) you can find excellent wildlife viewing all year round, with a fraction of the visitor numbers and many bargains to be had.

Passports and visas 

A passport with at least six months validity is necessary as well as at least 2 blank pages when you present it at immigration. A visa is required for all visits to Kenya, and you can either apply upon arrival at the airport, or online before you travel to minimise queuing time at the airport.

Location

Top tips

  • Visit during July-September to witness the Great Migration but be prepared for the crowds!
  • Stay in one of our recommended luxury tented camps to get a true safari experience
  • Night-time drives are fantastic for game viewing, and can be much less crowded than going during the daytime
  • Take part in non-safari activities to immerse yourself in the traditional Maasai culture

 

Local currency: Kenyan Shilling

Accepted credit cards: Visa and Mastercard (most places)            

Time zone: GMT +3 hours

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